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Police at schools, female firefighter accommodations, budget priorities ranked

Redlands weekly news update


California bill introduced to required armed police at all K-12 schools

School resource officers serve at two Redlands Unified high schools

A new California bill would mandate police presence on all K-12 school campuses. California Assemblyman Bill Essayli (R-Corona) unveiled the proposal at a press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in response to a concerning trend of school shootings.

Why it matters: Formally known as Assembly Bill 3038, the controversial measure would mandate the presence of at least one armed officer, commonly referred to as a school resource officer (SRO), on school premises during school hours and other times when students are on campus.

The proposal has sparked a contentious debate over whether police at schools make students safer. 

Read more about what school districts across the county are doing to address student safety and how Redlands Unified works with Redlands Police Department to provide a presence at two local high schools.


💵 City budget planning: The Redlands City Council recently convened to establish key budget priorities for the upcoming years. The top ten priorities, outlined without specific rankings, encompass areas including, police department funding, climate sustainability, downtown parking solutions, affordable housing, and animal shelter improvements. Read more about the priority areas here.

City Council puts police funding, climate sustainability, housing amid top budget priorities
The workshop to name top 10 priorities is part of a larger budget planning process

🚒 Fire station renovations: The Redlands City Council approved a $2,160,000 contract for remodeling Redlands Fire Station No.262 on Garden Street during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Renovations to the fire station, including additional dormitories and a fitness room, will allow for the recruitment of both female and male candidates in the future. Read more here.

City Council approves $2.16M renovation of Redlands Fire Station
The upgrades will accommodate recruits from multiple genders

🚔 Driver arrested for attempted murder: A 21-year-old Redlands man has been arrested for attempted murder after allegedly hitting a 20-year-old pedestrian with his car in a parking lot last week. According to Redlands Police, officers responded to the 1100 block of Alabama Street around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 following reports of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle. Read more here.

Redlands man arrested for attempted murder after striking pedestrian with car, police say
The suspect is held on $1M bail

🍊 Citrus quarantine expanded: Following the detection of Huanglongbing (HLB), a serious citrus disease, a quarantine has been placed on counties throughout Southern California, including San Bernardino. This quarantine comes just as Redlands is undergoing mandatory fruit removal to eradicate the oriental fruit fly. Both the removal and expansion of the quarantine zone signify efforts to contain the spread of harmful insects and diseases that put the region's citrus industry at risk. Read more here.

Citrus quarantine expanded to stop spread of citrus tree disease
Redlands is now impacted by two separate citrus quarantines.


📚 Authors visit Redlands: For nearly three decades, the Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival has been a source of inspiration for educators, librarians, parents, and children's literature enthusiasts alike. This year, the tradition continues as the festival gears up to host its 27th installment. While local elementary schools prepare to welcome authors. Read more here.

Local elementary schools prepare for author visits
27th Annual Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival brings renowned authors to Redlands

🧹 Community clean up: Redlands residents are gearing up for an eventful day of volunteering at the 15th Annual Community Day of Service on Saturday, March 9. This event, which is hosted by Serve Redlands, is an opportunity to bring the community together through various service projects centered around the beautification and maintenance of areas around the city. Read more about the four service areas here.

Volunteers needed for 15th Annual Redlands Community Day of Service
There are four service options for those looking to get involved and give back to the community.

👩‍🌾 Morning market returns March 2: A new time and location for Downtown's Morning Market in Redlands. Read more here.

Downsized, ‘Downtown’s Morning Market’ returns to Redlands
New season opens on March 2 with new time and location